Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Will you make a stand for sanitation and water next year?

Serena O'Sullivan
End Water Poverty

Exciting times! End Water Poverty is getting ready to launch ‘The World’s Longest Toilet Queue’- a mass global event on World Water Day next year (22 March 2010) that will call for action on water and sanitation from the world’s politicians. It’s a massive Guinness World Record attempt and needs you to get involved and make it a success.

The timing of the event is crucial – just one month after our mass global action, politicians will gather in Washington DC to discuss what they’re going to do to tackle the crisis claiming 4000 children’s lives every day. And it’s up to us to make sure they know that the world expects action.

So we’re challenging people, groups, organisations – in fact everyone – to organise groups of at least 25 people to queue at a toilet (real, fake – even someone dressed up as one!) on World Water Day. It’s up to you what happens in your Queue – perhaps you’ll do it in the style of a flash mob, or you’ll gather a petition from participants, or you’ll ask your local Parliamentarian or even leader to attend and listen to the demands of your Queue.

Get loads of ideas on the special World’s Longest Toilet Queue, including press templates, case studies, a toolkit, and posters. You'll be able to join an online Queue there too - and share this with your supporters, friends and contacts. Read ideas from other advocates and get involved by commenting, suggesting and sharing ideas. Already got ideas? Post them up here, right now!

This is truly anyone’s event to own – and we’re really excited to share it with you. Let’s make a stand together and make sure those politicians hear our voices loud and clear.


Goetech, Delhi said...

Dear Friends!
I propose to organise awareness campaign “Water & Sanitation” on 21 March 2010 with industries participate genuinely in corporate social responsibilities addressing communities living in their focus rural & urban clusters.

Also promote how to address CSR of Entrepreneurs and enabling them genuinely to participate in water resources development and management in the region.
Let us select Bangalore / Hyderabad / Pune / NCR of Delhi to start with such campaign and invite industries to join hands.

MARI said...

Modern Architects for Rural India (MARI) a member of FAN and FANSA is planning to organize a real Toilet Queue on 22nd March 2010 at Arts College Auditorium, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh, India. About 1000 people consisting of Adoloscent school children, Teachers, CSO activists, Community leaders and concerned citizens would participate in the same. After the Queue there will be a public meeting for 4 hours discussing the WATSAN issues of schools.

We have already finished a Social Audit of 100 Government schools in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh, India which brought out the real picture of Water and Sanitation amenities in Govt. schools where the children of mostly the poorers sections are studying. We are finalizing the report of the same. The above programme is planned to basically highlight the water & sanitation problems of Govt. Schools. Although tall claims are being made by the Govt. departments the actual situation is far below the basic satisfactory level. We are aiming to trigger a serious policy debate through this event. After the event we will share the documentation.